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Oct 20, 2020 Joseph Lemak
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Recorded in October 2020 as part of the 2020 Trouble Begins Lecture Series. In Mark Twain, The World, and Me: "Following The Equator," Then and Now , Susan K. Harris follows Twain's last lecture tour as he wound his way through the British Empire in 1895-1896.  Deftly blending history, biography, literary criticism, reportage, and travel memoir, Harris gives readers a unique take on one of America's most widely studied writers.  Structured as a series of interlocking essays written...
Topics: Imperialism, Racial Issues, Following The Equator, Travel
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Aug 26, 2020 Joseph Lemak
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Presented on Wednesday, August 26 online as part of the 2020 Park Church Summer Lecture Series. What kinds of self-encounter get memorialized in Mark Twain's vast and long-secreted Autobiography ?  Mark Twain has a lot of fun with the play of self-representation, while also wrestling seriously with the challenges of writing both from and against the point of view of his mediatized images.  This lecture explores how Twain made and re-made himself into an object of regard - both in living his...
Topics: Autobiography, Public Image
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Presented on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 online as part of the 2020 Park Church Summer Lecture Series In a moment when systemic racism has recently gained heightened visibility in the U.S., this talk explores how Mark Twain grappled with the difficulties of thinking systemically, of comprehending political structures that exceed individual experience.  In his anti-imperialist writings, Twain registers that the difficulty of grasping structures lies in the limitations of sight, the sense most...
Topics: Imperialism, Racial Issues, Technology
Presented on Wednesday, July 22 online as part of the 2020 Park Church Summer Lecture Series. As scholars we were and are still being trained and taught to focus our work and research inside of ourselves for dissemination among like-minded colleagues.  Essentially, we are experts talking to experts, sharing ideas and discoveries...but we are also teachers.  Why should we even consider rethinking "how we do business"?  This lecture explores four key relevant areas that we who study...
Topics: Education, Reception
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Presented on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 online as part of the 2020 Spring Trouble Begins Lecture Series. In 1908, when Sam Clemens moved into his Italianate mansion, Stormfield, in Redding, Connecticut, he seemed to have turned the page on his sadness of recent years and begun a happy chapter.  About a year later, this happiness was disrupted by a scandal: his personal secretary Isabel Lyon and his business manager Ralph Ashcroft betrayed his trust.  Mark Twain addressed their deceptions in his...
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Topics: Later Years, Stormfield, Law, Twain's Circle
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May 25, 2020 Joseph Lemak
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Presented on Wednesday, May 27 online as part of the 2020 Spring "Trouble Begins" Lecture Series. I was about to trek into the desert to try to find what Samuel Langhorne Clemens, also known as Mark Twain, had experienced over one hundred and fifty years ago on his foray through the Holy Land.  Clemens had signed up because he was desperate for a future he couldn't imagine.  He had arrived at this juncture exhausted from fighting for a sense of self-worth and fearing that whatever...
Topics: Travel, The Innocents Abroad
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May 20, 2020 Joseph Lemak
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Presented on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 on line as part of the 2020 Spring Trouble Begins Lecture Series.  This lecture was previously presented for the Chemung County Historical Society 2020 Civil War Lecture Series. Mark Twain did not go to Elmira during the Civil War, so the title has some deliberate ambiguity.  What Elmira held during the last year of the war was a prisoner of camp, and I am intrigued with the idea that Twain might have visited the site with the small dread that he could...
Topics: American Civil War, Life on the Mississippi
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Presented online on Wednesday, May 13 2020 as part of the 2020 Spring Trouble Begins Lecture Series. Considered a satirist, travel writer, and lecturer, Twain was rarely presented as a poet or appreciator of poetry to the public during his life - and still today many people assume an antagonistic relationship between Twain and verse.  In fact, Twain penned 120 poems (the bulk being of a humorous nature) and was an avid reader and performer of Robert Browning's works.  Additionally, Twain was...
Topics: Poetry, Marginalia
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Presented virtually on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 as part of the 2020 Spring Trouble Begins Lecture Series. Considered a satirist, travel writer, and lecturer, Twain was rarely presented as a poet or appreciator of poetry to the public during his life - and still today many people assume an antagonistic relationship between Twain and verse.  In fact, Twain penned 120 poems (the bulk being of humorous nature) and was an avid reader and performer of Robert Browning's works.  Additionally, Twain...
Topics: Poetry, Marginalia
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Oct 31, 2019 Joseph Lemak
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Presented on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in the Barn at Quarry Farm as part of the 2019 Fall Trouble Begins Lecture Series. Samuel Clemens joked in one of his lectures that he has met "uncommonplace characters...Bunyan, Martin Luther, Milton, and...others, but it's not stretchign to say that he knew just about everyone famous between the Civil War and World War I.  By 1892, his social network had grown so large that eleven-year-old Jean Clemens, impressed that her parents had received a...
Topics: Twain's Circle, Humor, Rhetoric
Presented on Wednesday, October 23 in the Barn at Quarry Farm as part of the 2019 Fall Trouble Begins Lecture Series. Just as would be the case today, Sam and Livy Clemens embarked on an adventure in building a new house.  Like any young couple, having a dream, selecting an architect, and seeing a project through to the finish is always a challenge.  Sam and Livy spent a substantial portion of her inheritance on the house, and their love for it was life-long, even after they left it.  At the...
Topics: Architecture, Hartford, Art
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Presented on Wednesday, October 16 in Cowles Hall on the Elmira College Campus as part of the 2019 Fall Trouble Begins Lecture Series. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a rousing adventure, a realistic depiction of American boyhood, a satirical critique of American society, and a foundational text for all of modern American literature.  But part of what makes the story so transcendent and enduring is that Huck Finn is also a myth.  In this story of two fugitives fleeing down the river,...
Topics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Novels, Influences
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Oct 10, 2019 Joseph Lemak
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Presented on Wednesday, October 9 in the Barn at Quarry Farm as part of the 2019 Fall Trouble Begins Lecture Series. Before he was a famous novelist, Mark Twain lived and worked in the Nation's Capital, first as an aide to Senator William Stewart of Nevada - he was quickly fired - then as a lobbyist and Washington correspondent.  These early experiences gave Twain a unique perspective on American politics, and in later years he became a fierce critic of war and imperialism.  Having has his...
Topics: Politics, Washington DC
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Presented on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in the Barn at Quarry Farm as part of the "Mark Twain and Nature" Quarry Farm Symposium. With its complex treatment of animal subjectivity, Twain's 1903 story "A Dog's Tale" was ahead of its time.  But also, Twain's stance on vivisection and the status of animals in society was a part of the larger conversation that was taking place at the time on both sides of the Atlantic.  This paper will situate Twain's stance in the context of...
Topics: Nature, Animals, Later Works
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Presented on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in the Barn at Quarry Farm as part of the "Mark Twain and Nature" Quarry Farm Symposium. In 1866 Mark Twain was sent to the Kingdom of Hawaii as a traveling correspondent for the Sacramento Union to assess the potential of the islands future for American economic development.  These accounts were eventually reformatted, becoming the basis for Twain's early lectures and the second half of Twain's 1872 full-length account of the American West,...
Topics: Nature, Hawaii, Roughing It
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Presented on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in the Barn at Quarry Farm as part of the "Mark Twain and Nature" Quarry Farm Symposium. This talk examines Mark Twain's unfinished manuscript 3,000 Years among the Microbes , written in Dublin, New Hampshire in 1905.  More precisely, I provide a historical backdrop for the manuscript by putting it in dialogue with two major shifts in medical thought at the end of the nineteenth century: (1) the rise of microbiology, introducing a new discourse...
Topics: Later Works, Nature, Science
Presented on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in the Barn at Quarry Farm as part of the "Mark Twain and Nature" Quarry Farm Symposium. In its full range, the presence of nature in Mark Twain's Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc  has remained largely unexplored.  As a site of fictionalization in a narrative that otherwise strongly relies on historiographical material, the treatment of nature nonetheless proves central to the characterization of the heroine, to the construction of a...
Topics: Joan of Arc, Nature
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Presented on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in the Barn at Quarry Farm as part of the "Mark Twain and Nature" Quarry Farm Symposium. Although Mark Twain was not himself an environmentalist, he was deeply sensitive to the interdependence of humankind and the natural world, to the conditions, often difficult, under which we inhabit the natural world, and to its ultimate indifference to our desires -- issues that continue to preoccupy environmentalists and ecocritics, whether they are...
Topics: Nature, Life on the Mississippi
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Presented on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in the Barn at Quarry Farm as part of the "Mark Twain and Nature" Quarry Farm Symposium. This article will trace Mark Twain's early notes and letters to the Sacramento Union  and Alta California  during his four-month stay on the Hawaiian islands in 1866 and his subsequent trip down the Rio San Juan in Nicaragua later that year, considering his poetic meditations on a diversity of flora and fauna alongside his occasionally direct and sometimes...
Topics: Nature, Travel, Hawaii, Early Works
Presented on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in the Barn at Quarry Farm as part of the "Mark Twain and Nature" Quarry Farm Symposium. One of Mark Twain's last complete works was written by request.   A Horse's Tale  (1907) had its beginnings in a letter from stage actress and animal welfare activist Minnie Maddern Fiske asking him to write a story that could be used to decry bullfighting.  Twain enthusiastically did so, but he set the story on the American frontier, with Buffalo Bill...
Topics: Nature, Animals, Later Works
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Presented on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in the Barn at Quarry Farm as part of the "Mark Twain and Nature" Quarry Farm Symposium. Twain begins his 1880 travelogue, A Tramp Abroad , with the ostensible goal of studying art.  Early on, he describes inserting his own paintings into a gallery's "wilderness of oil pictures," calling attention to the text's complicated relationship to the environmental aesthetics and complicating the textual intersection between literature and...
Topics: Nature, Art, A Tramp Abroad
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Presented on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in the Barn at Quarry Farm as part of the "Mark Twain and Nature" Quarry Farm Symposium. Mark Twain's depiction of Lake Tahoe in chapters 22-23 of Roughing It  --"the fairest picture the whole earth affords"-- has embedded him within Tahoe's history and culture.  His descriptions of pristine waters of the lake echo the transcendental phrasings of Thoreau in "The Ponds" chapter of Walden and fit securely within the 19th...
Topics: Nature, Roughing It
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Oct 6, 2019 Joseph Lemak
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Presented on Friday, October 4, 2019 in Cowles Hall in the Elmira College Campus as the Keynote Address for the "Mark Twain and Nature" Quarry Farm Symposium. Many places lay claim to Samuel Clemens, including Hannibal, Angel's Camp, Jackass Hill, Buffalo, Hartford, Lake Saranac, Redding, and of course, Elmira.  However, any Nevadan will tell you that Virginia City was Clemens's most important home, for it was there that he invented Mark Twain and perfected many of the literary...
Topics: Nature, Early Years
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Presented on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at the Chemung Valley History Museum as part of the 2019 Mark Twain Lecture Series. The Clemenses and the Cranes followed the tenets of the Household Art Movement popular in the late 19th century.  Ritchie, Jr. will talk about the paralells between the interiors of the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut, and that of Quarry Farm, the residence of Susan and Theodore Crane in Elmira, to illustrate the interchange between the two families of design...
Topics: Twain's Circle, Hartford, Elmira, Furniture, Family
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Presented on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at the Chemung Valley History Museum as part of the Chemung County Historical Society Twain Lecture Series. Despite their ongoing popularity, Mark Twain's frequent forays into historical fiction have often puzzled literary critics. Dr. Cadle will focus his talk on the "straight" Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc , which Twain knew was so so unusual for him that he first published it under a pseudonym. Nathaniel Cadle is Assistant Professor...
Topics: Joan of Arc, Romanticism
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Sep 6, 2019 Joseph Lemak
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Presented on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at the Chemung Valley History Museum as part of the Chemung County Historical Society Mark Twain Series. Mark Twain was the manifestation of the American public's increasing demand for celebrities who could attest to the cultural cohesion of a federation of states and territories which often seemed to have little in common.  Celebrity culture exploded during the Gilded Age, but its potential power was evident even early in the life of Samuel Clemens. ...
Topics: Newspapers, Media Studies, Early Years, Twain's Circle
Presented on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at the Park Church as part of the 2019 Park Church Summer Lecture Series. The December 1872 death of Hawaiian monarch Kamehameha spurred renewed interest among US citizens and politicians alike in the annexation of the Hawaiian islands.  To satisfay the public's increased curiosity about Hawai'i in January 1873 the New York Daily Tribune  sought testimony in the form of two letters from a well-known expert on the islands: Mark Twain.  Twain had gained...
Topics: Hawaii, Humor Studies, Newspapers
Presented on Wednesday, September 29, 1999 at Quarry Farm as part of the 1999 Fall "Trouble Begins at Eight" Lecture Series. Dr. Peter Messent, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.
Topic: Humor Studies
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Jul 16, 2019 Joseph Lemak
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Presented on Wednesday, September 15, 1999 at Quarry Farm as part of the 1999 Fall "Trouble Begins at Eight" Lecture Series. Dr. Philip Leland Krauth, Professor at University of Colorado, author of The Proper Mark Twain  (University of Georgia Press).
Topic: A Tramp Abroad
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Jul 16, 2019 Joseph Lemak
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Presented on May 26, 1999 at Quarry Farm as part of the 1999 Spring "Trouble Begins at Eight" Lecture Series. Join us to welcome Dr. Doyno, Professor of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo, once again to Elmira College. He was the Center for Mark Twain Studies's first scholar-in-residence in 1984.
Topics: Family, Children
Presented on Wednesday, October 21, 1998 at Quarry Farm as part of the 1998 Fall "Trouble Begins at Eight" Lecture Series. Dr. Driscoll is Professor of English at Saint Joseph College in Hartford, Connecticut.  She is currently working on a book about Mark Twain and Native Americans.
Topics: Native Americans, The Innocents Abroad
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Jul 16, 2019 Joseph Lemak
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Presented on Wednesday, October 7, 1998 at Quarry Farm as part of the 1998 Fall "Trouble Begins at Eight" Lecture Series. Professor Levitt is a Senior Instructor at Ryerson Polytechnic University and a Ph.D. candidate at University of Exeter, England.
Topics: Animals, Elmira
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Jul 16, 2019 Joseph Lemak
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Presented on Tuesday, September 15, 1998 at Quarry Farm as part of the 1998 Fall "Trouble Begins at Eight" Lecture Series. Dr. Budd, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of English at Duke University, is the author of numerous works on Mark Twain, including Our Mark Twain: The Making of His Public Personality  (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1983 ).  In 1995, Dr. Budd received the honorary Doctor of Letters degree at Elmira College.
Topic: Biography
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Presented on May 20, 1998 at Quarry Farm as part of the 1998 Spring "Trouble Begins at Eight" Lecture Series. Dr. Ensor is Professor of English at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  He is the author of Mark Twain and the Bible  (University of Kentucky Press, 1969) as well as several entires in the Mark Twain Encyclopedia Garland Publishing, Inc., 1993).
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Presented on May 6, 1998 at Quarry Farm as part of the 1998 Spring "Trouble Begins at Eight" Lecture Series. Chad Rohman is the Spring 1998 Research Fellow-in-Residence at Quarry Farm.  He is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at Bowling Green State University.
Topic: Epistemology
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Jul 16, 2019 Joseph Lemak
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Presented on April 22, 1998 at Quarry Farm as part of the 1998 Spring "Trouble Begins at Eight" Lecture Series. Dr. Mitchell is Assistant Professor of American Studies at Elmira College.  He is the author of Individualism and Its Discontents: Appropriations of Emerson, 1880-1950  (University of Massachusetts Press, 1997).
Topic: Religion
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Jul 15, 2019 Joseph Lemak
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Presented on October 29, 1997 at Quarry Farm as part of the 1997 Fall "Trouble Begins at Eight" Lecture Series. Nick Karanovich is a collector of Mark Twain material, from letters to rare books to film posters.  His film posters were on display for the first time in the exhibit "Mark Twain: An American Voice to the World" held from Jun 1 - August 15, 1996 in honor of the 1996 Olympic Games, at the Horace W. Sturges Library, Kennesaw State College, Kennesaw, GA.  Mr....
Topic: Film Studies
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Jul 15, 2019 Joseph Lemak
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Presented on October 8, 1997 at Quarry Farm as part of the 1997 Fall "Trouble Begins at Eight" Lecture Series. Andrew Hoffman, of Brown University, is the author of the recently published Inventing Mark Twain: The Lives of Samuel Langhorne Clemens  (William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1997). Professor Hoffman presented a paper entitled "Mark Twain's Last Deception" at the Late Mark Twain panel of the quadrennial "State of Mark Twain Studies" conference held in...
Topics: Biography, Public Image
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Presented on May 7, 1997 at Quarry Farm as part of the 1997 Spring "Trouble Begins at Eight" Lecture Series. Dr. Kiskis is Associate Professor of English at Elmira College.  He is a member of the August conference planning committee.  Dr. Kiskis is the author of Mark Twain's Own Autobiography: The Chapters from the North American Review .
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Jul 12, 2019 Joseph Lemak
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Presented on April 30, 1997 at Quarry Farm as part of the 1997 Spring "Trouble Begins at Eight" Lecture Series. Dr. Krauth is the co-chair for the August 14-16, 1997 conference on "The State of Mark Twain Studies."  He is the author of numerous articles on Mark Twain.  Dr. Krauth is currently at work on a book entitled Mark Twain: The Man in the White Linen Suit."
Topic: Early Works
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Presented on November 13, 1996 at Quarry Farm as part of the 1996 Fall "Trouble Begins at Eight" Lecture Series. A Lecture and Book Signing Party to celebrate the publication of The Courtship of Olivia Langdon and Mark Twain  by Susan K. Harris (Cambridge University Press, 1996).
Topics: Elmira, Family, Literary History
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Presented on October 9, 1996 at Quarry Farm as part of the 1996 Fall "Trouble Begins at Eight" Lecture Series. Mary Boewe is author of Quarry Farm Paper #4  and numerous articles and reviews about Mark Twain.  She chaired the panel on Mark Twain's Home Circle for the 1993 conference on "The State of Mark Twain Studies."
Topics: Twain's Circle, Influences, Influences
Presented on May 29, 1996 at Quarry Farm as part of the 1996 Spring "Trouble Begins at Eight" Lecture Series. Richard Bucci is an editor at The Mark Twain Project of the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley.  His works include Mark Twain's Letters  Volumes 1 & 2 and the forthcoming Volumes 3 & 4 of Early Tales & Sketches  by Mark Twain.
Topics: Mark Twain Project, Early Works
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Presented on May 1, 1996 at Quarry Farm as part of the 1996 Spring "Trouble Begins at Eight" Lecture Series. Howard G. Baetzhold and Joseph B. McCullough are the editors of the recently published book The Bible According to Mark Twain: Writings of Heaven, Eden, and The Flood (University of Georgia Press, 1995).  Howard G. Baetzhold is the Rebecca Clifton Reade Professor of English Emeritus at Butler University and the Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies' first John S. Tuckey...
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Presented on May 1, 1996 at Quarry Farm as part of the 1996 Spring "Trouble Begins at Eight" Lecture Series. Jim Zwick is a Ph.D. candidate in the Interdisciplinary Social Science Program at Syracuse university.  He is the author of numerous articles on Mark Twain and is the editor of Mark Twain's Weapons of Satire: Anti-Imperialist Writings on the Philippine-American War  (Syracuse University Press, 1992).  He also created the Mark Twain Resources on the World Wide Web  and...
Topics: Grief, Politics
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Presented on Wednesday, October 4, 1995 at Quarry Farm. Dr. Kersten is this season's international guest lecturer.  He is currently working on a new project dealing with humorous dialect depictions of German-Americans in the 19th century.
Topic: Travel
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Presented on Tuesday, September 12, 1995 at Quarry Farm. Dr. Fisher Fishkin is the author of Was Huck Black? Mark Twain and African-American Voices , published by Oxford University Press in 1993.
Topic: Racial Issues
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Presented on Monday, June 5, 1995 at Quarry Farm. Dr. Budd is Emeritus Professor at Duke University and the author of Our Mark Twain: The Making of his Public Personality.   He was the keynote speaker at the August 1993 Conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies which honored his lifetime achievements to Mark Twain Studies.
Topic: Public Image
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Presented on Wednesday, May 17, 1995 at Quarry Farm. Dr. Cooley is Professor of English and Environmental Studies at Western Michigan University.  He is the author of Mark Twain's Aquarium: The Samuel Clemens-Angel Fish Correspondence .
Topics: Angelfish, Children
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Presented on Wednesday, October 28, 1992 at Quarry Farm. Michael Kiskis of Empire State College/SUNY will consider "'A Complete and Purposed Jumble': The Problem of Mark Twain's Autobiography." Professor Kiskis has published books, articles, and reviews in the field of Mark Twain Studies and serves as the Executive Coordinator of the Mark Twain Circle of America and the Director of the American Humor Studies Association.
Topic: Autobiography
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Presented on Monday, October 12, 1992 at Quarry Farm. Roger Solomon, Oviatt Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University, examines "The Gothic Mark Twain: Some Thoughts about Horror in His Work."  Professor Solomon ha published books, articles, and reviews in the field of Mark Twain Studies, served as a consultant to the National Endowment for the Humanities, chaired the ScreeningCommittee in American Literature of the Senior Fulbright-Hays Program, and has been the...
Topic: Gothic Literature
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Presented on Monday, September 21, 1992 at Quarry Farm. Sanford Pinsker, Shadek Humanities Professor at Franklin and Marshall College, will talk about "Mark Twain and the Jews."  Professor Pinsker is the author of numerous, books, articles, and reviews in the fields of American literature and American-Jewish literature and culture, serves on the editorial boards of a variety of literary reviews and journals, has taught abroad as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer, and is the author of a...
Topic: Jewish Studies
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Presented on Wednesday, September 9, 1992. Gretchen Sharlow speaks "In Favor of the Farm." Ms. Sharlow is the Center's Associate Director and had conducted extensive research on Mark Twain's home circle.  Her research notes have appeared or are forthcoming in the publications of the Center, the Mark Twain Project at Berkeley, the Mark Twain Journal , and the  Mark Twain Encyclopedia
Topics: Quarry Farm, Elmira, Twain's Circle, Family
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Presented on Wednesday, October 26, 1994 at Quarry Farm. Laura E. Skandera-Trombley, State University of New York at Potsdam.
Topics: Elmira, Women's Studies
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Presented on Wednesday, October 12, 1994 at Quarry Farm. Marlene Boyd Vallin, Pennsylvania State University.
Topic: Lecture Circuit
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Presented on Wednesday, October 5, 1994 at Quarry Farm. Pamela A. Boker, Columbia University.
Topics: Humor Studies, Grief
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Presented on Wednesday, September 2, 1994. David L. Smith, Willams College.
Topics: Humor Studies, Racial Issues
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Presented on Wednesday, June 1, 1994 at Quarry Farm. Richard Kastl is an architectural historian from the Public Archaeology Facility, Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Binghamton and the Elmira College guest lecturer for Term III Introduction to Archaeology.  Under the direction of Richard Kastl, Elmira College students participate in archaeological field experience at Quarry Farm.
Topics: Quarry Farm, Archaeology
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Presented on Wednesday, May 4, 1994 at Quarry Farm. The Center welcomes the return of Victor Doyno, professor of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo, as this season's Distinguished Academic Scholar in Residence.  The author of the acclaimed book Writing Huck FinnL Mark Twain's Creative Process , Professor Doyno is currently at work analyzing the recently recovered Part II of the Huck manuscript.
Topics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Writing Process
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Presented on Wednesday, April 13, 1994 at Quarry Farm. Willaim Loos is the Curator of the Buffalo and Erie County Library Rare Book Room which houses an outstanding Mark Twain collection of letters, memorabilia and the entire manuscript of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn .  He brings to the Center the detailed story of Buffalo's acquisition of the recently recovered Part II of the manuscript.
Topics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Museum Studies
Presented on Wednesday, October 27, 1993 at Quarry Farm. Dr. Resa Willis is a professor of literature at Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, and the author of Mark and Livy: The Love Story of Mark Twain and the Woman Who Almost Tamed Him .  During the work on her book, Dr. Willis was a research scholar at the Center. 
Topics: Family, Women's Studies
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Presented on Wednesday, May 5, 1993 at Quarry Farm. Professor Alice Hall Petry of the Rhode Island School of Design at Providence, RI will speak on "Cable, Twain, and The South."  The author of numerous books and articles, Professor Petry's presentation will deal primarily with the join appearances of George Washington Cable and Mark Twain on the lecture platform as well as with their mutual interests such as Southern folklore, racial issues, and racial reform.
Topics: Twain's Circle, Lecture Circuit, Racial Issues
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Presented on July 13, 1992 at Quarry Farm. Thomas Quirk, the Catherine Paine Middlebush Professor of English at the University of Missouri, will speak on "Is Huckleberry Finn  'Politically Correct?'"  Professor Quirk is this Summer's scholar-in-residence at the Center.  He is the author of books, articles, and reviews in the fields of American literature and culture and will chair the panel on "Critical Approaches to Mark Twain" at the Center's conference next summer on...
Topics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Current Events
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Presented on Wednesday, May 27, 1992 at Quarry Farm. Professor janet Kinch of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania will talk about "Mark Twain and Germany." Professor Kinch has both studied and taught in Austira and is the editor of both Mark Twain's German Critical Reception: An Annotated Bibliography  and The Handbook of German Popular Culture published by Greenwood Press.  She is also a contributor to scholarly reference works on Mark Twain.
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Presented on Monday, May 11, 1992 at Quarry Farm. Professor Alfred Bendixen of California State University of Los Angeles will speak on "Mark Twain and the Tradition of American Female Humor" under the auspices of the Center's Distinguished Academic Visitors program.  Professor Bendixen is the author of numerous books and articles on American literary figures and reviews manuscripts for a variety of university and trade presses.  He is the founding director of the American...
Topics: Humor Studies, Women's Studies
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Presented on Wednesday, April 29, 1992 at Quarry Farm. Professor Susan K. Harris of Queens College will talk about "Olivia Langdon Clemens's Reading."  Professor Harris has taught and spoken previously here at the Center under the auspices of the Distinguished Academic Visitors program and is the Program Co-chair of a conference on The State of Mark Twain Studies sponsored by the Center and scheduled for August 12-14, 1993.  She is an author of books and articles on both Mark Twain...
Topics: Family, Women's Studies
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Presented on Wednesday, April 22, 1992 at Quarry Farm. Professor Jeffrey Steinbrink of Franklin and Marshall College will speak on "The Industrial Revolution of Mark Twain" under the auspices of the Center's Distinguished Academic Visitors program.  Professor Steinbrink is a member of the Center's National Committee of Academic Advisors and has spoken previously here at the Center.  His most recent contribution to the field is Getting to be Mark Twain  (University of California...
Topic: Technology
Presented on Wednesday, November 6, 1991 at Quarry Farm. Professor Myra Glenn of Elmira College's History faculty will talk on "Love, Sex, and Death in the Victorian Marriage: The Case of Thomas K. Beecher, Olivia Day, and Julia Jones."  Dr. Glenn has authored books, articles, and reviews in the field of nineteenth century American social history.  She is well into a book length study of Thomas K. Beecher and has spoken previously at the Center on her work-in-progress.
Topics: Twain's Circle, Elmira
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Professor Howard Baetzhold, emeritus of Butler University, will speak on "The 'Autobiography of Eve': Mark Twain's First Attempt to Tell Eve's Story" under the auspices of the Center's Distinguished Academic Visitors program.  A reknown authority on the genesis of Mark Twain's Connecticut Yankee , his principle work is Mark Twain and John Bull .  Preceding his talk, Dr. Baetzhold will receive a Certificate of Appointment as the Center's first John S. Tuckey Memorial Research...
Topic: Later Works
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Jul 9, 2019 Joseph Lemak
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Presented on Monday, July 1, 1991 at Quarry Farm. Professor Leland Krauth of the University of Colorado will speak on "The Whimsical Mark Twain."  Professor Krauth, a member of the Editorial Board of Studies in American Humor  since 1982, is the author of numerous articles and reviews on Mark Twain and other American literary figures.
Topic: Humor Studies
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Presented on Wednesday, May 29, 1991 at Quarry Farm. James D. Wilson, Professor of English at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, will speak on "Providence Gone Awry: Religion in Mark Twain's Later Career" under the auspices of the Center's Distinguished Academic Visitors program.  The author of books, articles, and reviews in the field of Mark Twain Studies, Professor Wilson is the Executive Coordinator of the Mark Twain Circle of America and co-editor of the forthcoming Mark...
Topics: Religion, Later Years
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Presented on Wednesday, April 17, 1991 at Quarry Farm. M. Thomas Inge, Blackwell Professor of the Humanities at Randolph-Macon College, will give an illustrated talk on "Mark Twain and Comic Art" under the auspices of the Center's Distinguished Academic Visitors program.  In addition to examining illustrated renditions of Twain's works, the talk will also consider Mark Twain as a favorite subject of caricaturists.  A leading authority on American popular culture who has published...
Topics: Art, Popular Culture
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Presented on Wednesday, April 3, 1991 at Quarry Farm. Darryl Baskin, Center Director and Professor of American Studies, will speak on "Boss Morgan: Mark Twain, His Connecticut Yankee, and American Political Culture."  Professor Baskin is the author of books, articles, and reviews in the field of American politics and political thought.  He is general editor of Quarry Farm Papers  and other Center publications.
Topics: Connecticut Yankee, Politics
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Presented on Wednesday, November 7, 1990 at Quarry Farm. John McLaughlin, Elmira College's Georgia Harkness Professor of Philosophy and Religion, will speak on "Risking Hell in Private and Public: The Cases of Huckleberry Finn and Mario Cuomo." An award winning teacher, Professor McLaughlin is a frequent speaker on the ethical aspects of public policy
Topics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Current Events
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David Sewell, associate professor of English at Rochester University, will speak on "Mark Twain as Liar." In addition to authoring articles and reviews, he is the author of Mark Twain's Languages: Discourse, Dialogue, and Linguistic Variety .
Topic: Linguistics
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Presented on Wednesday, October 10, 1990 at Quarry Farm. Stanley Brodwin, professor of English at Hofstra University, will speak on "Mark Twain: The Presbyterian Connection."  Professor Brodwin is the author of numerous articles on Mark Twain, many of which have been anthologized, and an executive committee member of the Mark Twain Circle of America.
Topic: Religion
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Presented on Monday, July 23 at Quarry Farm. Professor Susan K. Harris of Queens College will speak on "Overcoming Sin: The Audiences for Mark Twain's 'Hadleyburg.'" Professor Harris is the author of books, articles, and reviews on Mark Twain, nineteenth century American women writers, and other figures and topics in American literature.
Topics: Later Works, Religion
Presented on Wednesday, May 23, 1990 at Quarry Farm. David E.E. Sloane of the University of New Haven will speak on "Mark Twain, Literary Comedian - The Influence of the Northeast on Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ."  A nationally reknown Mark Twain scholar, Professor Sloane is the Center's first Henry Nash Smith Research Fellow-in-Residence and appears under the auspices of the Center's Distinguished Academic Visitors program.  He is the author of numerous books, articles, and...
Topics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Humor Studies
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Presented on Wednesday, May 9, 1990 at Quarry Farm. Richard B. Carter teaches Philosophy at the University of Maryland's Baltimore County Campus and offers us a philosopher's view of Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court  in a talk entitled "Yankee Ingenuity as the Foundation for the New Social Order." Professor Carter has published books and articles in his field here and abroad.
Topics: Connecticut Yankee, Philosophy
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Jul 8, 2019 Joseph Lemak
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Presented on Wednesday, April 11, 1990 at Quarry Farm. Alan Gribben of the University of Texas at Austin will speak on "Huckleberry Finn's Missing Twin."  A nationally reknown and extensively published Mark Twain scholar, Professor Gribben is the Center's first Jervis Langdon, Jr. Research Fellow-in-Residence and appears under the auspices of the Center's Distinguished Academic Visitors Program.  He is also a member of the Center's National Committee of Academic Advisors.
Topic: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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Presented on Wednesday, March 28, 1990 in the Quarry Farm Barn. Kerry Driscoll of Elmira College's English faculty offers us an encore of her illustrated talk "A Tramp Abroad: Mark Twain in Heidelberg." Professor Driscoll served as a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Heidelberg in 1986.  Choice  Magazine lists her recently published William Carlos Williams and the Maternal Muse  among the "Outstanding American Books of 1988-89."
Topics: A Tramp Abroad, Travel
Presented on Wednesday, September 27, 1989 in the Quarry Farm Barn. Pascal Covici, Jr., E.A. Lilly Professor of English at Southern Methodist University, is this Fall's Distinguished Academic Visitor at the Center.  His talk is entitled: "Western Pleasure versus Eastern Propriety, or Eastern Repression and Western Guilt? A Quick Look at Mark Twain's Humor."  Professor Covici's principal work, Mark Twain's Humor: The Image of a World , received the Texas Writers Round-up Award, and...
Topic: Humor Studies
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Presented on Monday, July 24, 1989 in the Quarry Farm Barn. Hamlin Hill, Professor of English at Texas A&M University, will speak on "Late Mark Twain: From Bad Philosophy to Worse Literature."  Professor Hill is the Center's Distinguished Fellow-in-Residence this summer.  During his tenure here, he is the Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for Teachers on "The Heritage of Huckleberry Finn."  Professor Hill has lectured throughout the...
Topic: Later Works
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Jun 26, 2019 Joseph Lemak
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Presented on Wednesday, May 17, 1989 at Quarry Farm. Edgar M. Branch is Research Professor Emeritus of English at Miami University and this spring's Distinguished Academic Visitor.  He has authored three books and many articles on Twain and is co-editor of manh of the volumes in The Works of Mark Twain prepared by the Mark Twain Project for publication by the University of California Press.  Professor Branch is a member of the Project's Board of Directors and is currently editing Roughing It...
Topic: Life on the Mississippi
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Presented on Wednesday, May 3, 1989 at Quarry Farm. Jeffrey Steinbrink teaches English at Franklin and Marshall College and is an active and valued member of the Center's distinguished Committee of Academic Advisors.  He has conducted extensive research at teh Mark Twain Project as a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and recently completed a book length study of Clemens that bears the provisional title of Getting to Be Mark Twain .  Professor Steinbrink will focus on the...
Topics: Family, Elmira
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Presented on Wednesday, April 26, 1989 at Quarry Farm. Thomas J. Reigstad teaches writing and Mark Twain at the State University College at Buffalo.  On sabbatical leave this spring, he is a Quarry Farm Fellow-in-Residence here at the Center working on a book length study of Twain's Buffalo times.  He will talk about "Mark Twain in Buffalo: The Making of a Gentleman Journalist."
Topics: Buffalo, Early Years
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Presented on Wednesday, September 13, 1989 at Quarry Farm. Malcolm Marsden, Dana Professor of English at Elmira Collge, will speak on "Mr. Micawber and Colonel Sellers: Transatlantic Cousins."  Professor Marsden has been a member of the Center's Advisory Board since its inception and regularly reviews books for the Mark Twain Society Bulletin.   He has authored books, articles, and reviews in the field of American literature and is the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in...
Topic: The GIlded Age
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Presented on Wednesday, July 27, 1988 in Hamilton Hall on the Elmira College Campus. Professor Victor A. Doyno will talk about "Mark Twain's Family Life at Quarry Farm." Dr. Doyno is in residence at the Center for one week as a Guest Scholar in our N.E.H. Institute.  He teaches literature at SUNY Buffalo and has authored books and articles on Mark Twain.  Professor Doyno is a member of the Center's National Committee of Academic Advisors and has played an active role as a member of...
Topics: Elmira, Family, Quarry Farm
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Presented on Wednesday, June 29, 1988 at Quarry Farm. Professor James D. Wilson of Southwestern Louisiana University's English Department will speak on "Mark Twain, Olivia Langdon, and the Struggle for Orthodoxy." Dr. Wilson has a research fellowship in residence at the Center and is here for three weeks to continue work on a book well underway about Mark Twain and religion.  He is the author of A Reader's Guide to the Short Stories of Mark Twain , other books, and numerous articles...
Topics: Religion, Family
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Jim Gibb's slide and lecture program, "A View from the Turf: An Archaeological Perspective on Quarry Farm," will describe and interpret the findings of three seasons of work carried out by the Quarry Farm Archaeological Project.  Mr. Gibb is completing his doctoral studies in Anthropology at SUNY Binghamton and has been a member of research teams conducting on-site archaeological investigations under the auspices of the Arizona State Museum, the Peabody Museum of Harvard University,...
Topics: Quarry Farm, Archaeology
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Presented on Wednesday, May 4, 1988 at Quarry Farm. Nicholas Karanovich will talk about "Collecting Mark Twain" as a highly successful practitioner of the art.  His collection will be on exhibit next year at the Lilly Library of the University of Indiana.  Mr. Karanovich is a past contributor to American Book Collector  and the private publisher of A Mark Twain Collector's List .
Topic: Collections
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Presented on Wednesday, April 13, 1988 at Quarry Farm. William Loos, Curator of the Rare Books Room at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, will give "An Illustrated Talk on How Huckleberry Finn  Came to New York State."  Mr. Loos and his library were recently in the news when the Buffalo Library was the high bidder for a much sought after lengthy letter from Mark Twain to a Buffalo lawyer about the composition of Twain's great American novel.  The letter will be added to an...
Topics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Buffalo, Museum Studies
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Jun 26, 2019 Joseph Lemak
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Presented on Monday, March 28, 1988 at The Park Church. Professor Myra Glenn of Elmira College's History faculty will speak on "Thomas K. Beecher and the Anti-Slavery Movement."  She is currently at work on a biography of the Reverend and spoke recently on her subject at the Ninth Mid-America Conference on History.  Professor Glenn has authored a book and several articles on reform in nineteenth century America and has served as a visiting Professor of History at Casa Thomas...
Topics: Twain's Circle, Elmira, Racial Issues, Slavery, Religion
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Presented on Wednesday, March 9, 1988 at Quarry Farm. Professor Robert Regan of the University of Pennsylvania's English Department will speak about Mark Twain's view of art in a talk titled "The Art Ignoramus and the Art Snob: Mark Twain and John Ruskin." Professor Regan is the spring's Distinguished Academic Visitor at the Center.  He has publsihed widely on mark Twain and other American authors.  His principal work is Uncompromising Heroes: Mark Twain and his Characters ,...
Topics: Art, Influences
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Presented on Thursday, November 3, 1988 at Quarry Farm. Professor Susan K. Harris of the English Department at Queens College (City University of New York) will speak on "Four Ways to Kill a Mackerel: Mark Twain and Laura Hawkins." Professor Harris' principal work is Mark Twain's Escape from Time .  She is currently writing a book on American Women's Novels, 1850-1870 and is the review editor for Legacy: A Journal of Nineteenth Century American Women Writers .  As the Center's...
Topics: Twain's Circle, Gilded Age, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Gender Studies
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Presented on Wednesday, October 12, 1988 at Temple B'nai Israel (900 West Water Street, Elmira, NY). Professor Carl Dolmetsch of the College of William and Mary's English Department will speak on "Mark Twain and the Jews."  Dr. Dolmetsch recently completed a sabbatical in Vienna where he conducted research for a book in progress on Mark Twain in Europe.  He has served as a visiting scholar at a number of West German universities and has published books, articles, and reviews on...
Topics: Religion, Racial Issues
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Jun 25, 2019 Joseph Lemak
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Presented on Wednesday, September 28, 1988 at Quarry Farm. Gretchen Sharlow, Elmira College graduate student and Assistant Director of the Center, will give an illustrated talk on "The Cranes of Quarry Farm."  Mrs. Sharlow will share her work in progress on the important places held by Theodore and Susan Crane in the story of Mark Twain and his family
Topics: Elmira, Family, Quarry Farm, Twain's Circle
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Jun 25, 2019 Joseph Lemak
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Presented on Thursday, October 8, 1987 in Beecher Hall of the Park Church, Elmira, New York. Everett Emerson will speak on "Mark Twain's Quarrel with God." He promises to come to grips with his topic in a manner sensitive to believers. Dr. Emerson holds degrees in Literature from Harvard College, Duke University, and Louisiana State University.  He is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Editor-in-Chief of Early American...
Topic: Religion
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Presented on May 29, 2019 in the Quarry Farm Barn as part of the Spring 2019 "Trouble Begins" Lecture Series. When Sam Clemens was still young, a technological revolution in publishing - including breakthroughs in printing of pictures - provided new ways to fuel and gratify an unprecedented curiosity about the private lives of famous writers, and doing so became a lucrative sport.  Where they were born and where they resided; the byways they wandered for epiphanies or Deep Thoughts;...
Topics: Technology, Popular Culture, Quarry Farm, Hartford
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Presented on Wednesday, May 22 in Cowles Hall on the Elmira College Campus as part of the Spring 2019 "Trouble Begins" Lecture Series. This lecture focuses on the findings of the Quarry Farm Historic Structures Report, being prepared by Johnson-Schmidt & Associates (Preservation Architects) for the Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies.  As of the recording of this lecture, the Quarry Farm historic structures report was still not yet fully completed. Elise Johnson-Schmidt...
Topics: Quarry Farm, Architecture, Preservation